Gladys Knight's son sentenced to two years in prison over restaurant taxes

Shanga Hankerson opened his first restaurante, Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles, in Atlanta in 1997. Over the next several years, he opened at least three more locations in Georgia y Washington, CORRIENTE CONTINUA.

Gladys Knight hit the 2021 CMT Music Awards red carpet in a regal white dress.

Gladys Knight hit the 2021 CMT Music Awards red carpet in a regal white dress. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT.)

Hankerson, 45, “willfully disregarded his tax obligations for many years,” Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt Erskine said in a news release. During his sentencing Wednesday, Hankerson, who pleaded guilty in July, was also ordered to serve a year of supervised release following his prison sentence and to pay more than $ 1 million in restitution.

Blank W-4 form and a pen.

Blank W-4 form and a pen. (iStock)

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He was the sole owner of the business and was required to withhold payroll taxes from his empleadosgross pay. From at least 2012 a 2016, Hankerson failed to remit more than $ 1 million in payroll taxes, los fiscales dijeron.

abril 13, 2014: This file photo shows the headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) en Washington.

abril 13, 2014: This file photo shows the headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) en Washington. (AP)

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While ownership of a well-known restaurant in our community has its perks, it also comes with great responsibility,” IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge James Dorsey said. “Paying taxes is a way to give back to the community, but unfortunately Hankerson chose to use those funds for other means.

Knight won a legal battle to sever ties to the business in 2017, and her son was ordered to stop using her name, likeness and memorabilia, de acuerdo a The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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